In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Heidi Hutchinson
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Heidi! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
Amateur author, professional weirdo. My coffee addiction is rivaled only by my love for loud music.
Well, we are going to get along swimmingly. I love coffee, too!
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
To make a long story short, I did the research and only ever pursued indie for publishing. I have nothing against traditional publishing, but it doesn’t jive with who I am as a writer.
Writing, editing, rewriting, hesitating over the first book took the longest. The more I write and publish, the less I hesitate when it’s time to hit the publish button. But the first one was like jumping out of a plane and hoping I packed my parachute correctly.
I’m not going to say it gets easier; it doesn’t. I think perhaps I’m acclimated to the rush of it now.
The best part about becoming a published author is the readers. I’m kind of a weirdo. A little nuts, a lot geeky, passionate about my fandoms. I’m an excitable one and it has been amazing to find (or rather be found by) my little tribe of fellow weirdos. My readers are all incredible people. Best readers ever, I swear.
The worst part is hard to pinpoint. Some days it’s the business side of things. Dealing with pirates and thieves and difficult policies at major sellers. Some days it’s the writing itself. The words come slowly and my confidence takes a nosedive.
The best part about being a reader is the authors like you who embrace your weirdo fans. I’ll admit, I get a tad obsessed about things I love.
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
My latest release is Things That Shine. It’s a collaboration with Bria Quinlan where her coffee house series (The Brew Ha Ha) meets my rock star series (Double Blind Study). A standalone that tells the story of barista Emily and guitar tech Sage as they maybe kinda fall in love.
It was a fun project. Bria has long been one of my favorite authors and I reread her Brew books all the time. So when she suggested we write a crossover book together, my little fangirl heart nearly exploded. I wrote everything from Sage’s point of view and she wrote Emily.
I love the story we created. It’s funny and sweet and at times tough as the characters navigate who they are and where they’ve come from in order to not lose the best thing they’ve ever found. Chasing your dreams and keeping your heart safe at the same time is an impossible task.
Sounds like a fun collaboration project!
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?>
I will always love romance. Throw in some mystery, adventure, and humor and I’m a happy girl. My latest top three recommendations are The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata, Beard Science by Penny Reid, The Catching Kind by Bria Quinlan. I love these three books so much and I’ve reread them multiple times.
You know, I’ve seen Beard Science pop up here and there. I’ve been curious. I may have to have a closer look now.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
My current obsession happens to be Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne. I’ve never been a Lady Gaga fan, but this album is amazing. Also, finding any excuse to add peppermint to things—especially chocolate. I’m also experiencing a huge book hangover from Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant.
I don’t know if I have secret obsessions. I’m pretty public about my love for Dave Grohl, coffee, and my fandoms (Doctor Who, LotR, Star Wars, Joss Whedon, etc). I like gifs. A lot.
As a fellow Whovian (9 and Martha), I’ll leave this fancy gif right here for you.
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where?
I would live in the mountains. Big house with high ceilings and big windows. I love the smell of pine and being cold. Summer and humidity are not my friends. Give me snow and sweaters and high altitudes.
I’ll stay in a warmer climate! You can have the mountains. I’m always cold…all of the time…even in summer.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Chase your dreams, work hard, love out loud.
Love it. Love it. Love it.
Thank you, Heidi, for being In the Spotlight. Good luck with your latest release and collaboration! Perhaps you can convince Bria to be In the Spotlight. 🙂 I do hope you’ll come back soon and tell us about your next release.
Synopsis: Brew Ha Ha barista, Emily Tavest, hasn’t had it easy. But that doesn’t stop her from believing the best about everything—except guys. Guys should just stay over there… in that corner …away from her relationship-free zone. Everything will be fine if Love does not come to town.
Guitar tech, Sage McNabb, has spent the last year on the road with Double Blind Study. Now, learning how to live in the same place every day, Sage has gotten addicted to more than just the coffee at The Brew.
Emily’s walls are more electric than stage pyrotechnics, but Sage is a guy who knows a battle worth fighting.